104 – Backyard Bald Eagles

Backyard Bald Eagles

Today, January 31, 2016, as every day at anywhere between 11:00am and 2:00pm our Bald Eagles show up for their lunch break. Sometimes one will show up, sometimes both at different time, and sometimes together—and sometimes they bring the kids! Today the 2-year old showed up buy himself first.

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Did a circle and hid himself in a tree. Then one adult came along and bathed.

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These are just a few of the 252 shots I took in a 5-minute session—mostly at 10 frames per second.

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These birds usually fly as soon as they see me, so I try to stay under cover, and move slowly. The Eagles vision is 42 times greater than humans, so not much gets by them. Today I approached under cover of the large Live Oak in my backyard—in a path completely out of his sight. As soon as I slowly brought my camera around the tree trunk, I got his icy stare. I guess I’d feel the same way if I caught someone taking pictures of me in the shower :-).

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However, today he finished his bath and shook himself dry.

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These photos may not present our national emblem at its most well-groomed dignity. But that’s life!

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All of these photos were taken with a Canon 7D Mark II, and a Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II lens.

Settings: Av Mode, widest aperture, ISO 400, speeds varied from 1/2000 to 1/500 sec.

‘Til next time, thanks for stopping by.

Milton

103 – Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

 

Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

This past Sunday, January 24, 2016, was the end of the 17th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville, Florida. It began on the prior Tuesday which began five days of four whole hours of sleep each night—after day classes and sunrise photoshoots. A grueling week, but most enjoyable, doing what I love to do best. Teaching and photographing the birds and wildlife.

It was surprisingly good with the photo-ops despite the temperature in the 30’s with strong winds at our Bio Lab Road sunrise.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Osprey at Bio Lab Road

Osprey 1

Osprey 1

Osprey 2

Osprey 2

The Forster’s Terns were abundant and well fed at Black Point Drive.

Foster's Tern 1

Forster’s Tern 1

Foster's Tern 2

Forster’s Tern 2

Foster's Tern 3

Forster’s Tern 3

One Bald Eagle came in to see what I was doing—so I took his picture.

Bald Eagle 1

Bald Eagle 1

Bald Eagle 2

Bald Eagle 2

There were hundreds of Spoonbills.

Roseate Spoonbill 1

Roseate Spoonbill 1

Roseate Spoonbill 2

Roseate Spoonbill 2

Hundreds of White Pelicans.

White Pelican

White Pelican

Sunset

Sunset

And not a bad sunset with a flock of Avocets put in for the night.

All of the bird shots were taken with a Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L II lens and a 7D Mark II body at ISO 400, usually at speeds above 1/2000 sec. at the largest aperture in AV mode. The sunrise and sunset with a Canon 5D Mark II, and a 24-105 f/4L lens. I’m too lazy to look up the actual individual settings. Live with it :-).

 

102 – Everglades Weekend

Less than two months from now—March 4–6 2016 will be my 17th Annual Everglades Photo Workshop Weekend. The Everglades is the place where one can lose one’s self to nature for three days, and feel that the rest of the world is unimportant. Here are some of the photos from past years.

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond

Sunrise at Nine Mile Pond

Sunset at Pa-hay-okee about twenty miles from nowhere.

Sunset at Pa-hay-okee

Sunset at Pa-hay-okee

While the sun is rolling through the sky, here’s some of the creatures we can depend on seeing.

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

 

Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

 

Yellowlegs at Eco Pond

Yellowlegs at Eco Pond

 

The Anhinga Trail is a place where we get close to nesting Anhinga, and where the Anhinga’s feel perfectly safe.

Male Anhinga feeding its young.

Anhinga Feeding

Anhinga Feeding

They know you will not jump in the alligator’s territory to climb their tree.

It's OK! He escaped.

It’s OK! He escaped.

The happy ending of this story is—the turtle escaped while the gator was trying to get a better grip!

Osprey

Osprey

If the Osprey doesn’t want to be disturbed while he’s eating, he will try to stare you down.

Osprey with Fish

Osprey with Fish

And then show you what he really thinks of you!

Osprey Poopshot

Osprey Poopshot

At a more peaceful moment . . .

Osprey Feeding Young

Osprey Feeding Young

Sometimes the ugliest birds turn out to be the most beautiful.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Sunset Somewhere in Central Everglades

Sunset Somewhere in Central Everglades

If you would like to join us please click or copy/paste this link:

http://miltonheiberg.com/Upcoming_Everglades.htm

100 – My John Lennon Book Cover

My John Lennon Book Cover

My photo of John Lennon is now on his latest biography. It is not just another Lennon biography. This one gets inside John’s head and explores the evidence of his inner thoughts on philosophy, religion, pain, and ecstasy. I’ll stop there since I just pulled the first five copies from my mailbox—and have not yet read it. But the cover photo is the one I took of him.

Hot off the press—the latest biography of John Lennon

Hot off the press—the latest biography of John Lennon

In January 1979 I managed to somehow bump into John Lennon—literally. When I turned around, I had no idea who it was. My sister-in-law at the time enlightened me. It was a rather amusing story that I was compelled to write up as an article for the school where teach, and as a lesson in being a prepared photographer. Please read it at:

http://miltonheiberg.com/Upcoming_2-ARTICLES-and-PHOTOTIPS.htm

then, click on John Lennon

 

Then if your curiosity is not satiated, buy a copy from:

Beech Hill Publishing Company

PO Box 422

Mount Desert, Maine 04660

Or

www.beechhillpublishingcompany.com

 

99 – Another Day at Merritt Island NWR

Two weeks ago, November 28, 2015, Bill Redfoot, John Cullum, and I went to Merritt Island’s Black Point Drive for a sunrise shoot. At that early hour all we could see is coots, coots, and more coots. Don’t get me wrong—I really like coots! I like to call them the Jesus bird because of the beautiful way they walk on water.

1. Sunrise at Bio Lab Road

1. Sunrise at Bio Lab Road

2. Coots

2. Coots

2. More Coots

3. More Coots

About a third of the way around the loop I saw my friend Tom Dunkerton intently tracking a Horned Grebe.

4. Horned Grebe

4. Horned Grebe

It was missing part of its right wing, so we were able to get closer than normal.

5. Horned Grebe

5. Horned Grebe

This Palm Warbler let me get close,

6. Palm Warbler

6. Palm Warbler

But then flew when he had enough of me.

7. Palm Warbler

7. Palm Warbler

There were a few Yellowlegs

8. Yellowlegs

8. Yellowlegs

as well as a few of the regulars.

9. Great Blue Heron

9. Great Blue Heron

10. Royal Tern

10. Royal Tern

All of these photos were taken with my Canon 100-400mm f/4-5.6L II lens on a 7D Mark II body—hand held.

98 – “Return to the Roost” – Hayride

Yesterday, November 14, 2015, was the Orange Audubon Society’s “Return to the Roost” Hayride at Orlando Wetlands Park. The idea was to have 20 birders with binoculars climb onto a trailer with benches, and do some bird watching as the sun went down. The benches made it easy for me to get a group shot —BUT!

1. Orange Audubon Birders

1. Orange Audubon Birders

The one thing that was missing was the sun. With overcast sky, most of the latent color had to be brought out by Lightroom.

2. Filter by Clouds, Color by Lightroom

2. Filter by Clouds, Color by Lightroom

However, these people were outdoor Audubon Society type personalities, and understood Florida’s fickle weather conditions. They appreciated just touring through this beautiful  place, and were thankful that it wasn’t pouring rain. We did get a chance to see some bird life such as Red Shouldered Hawks, a variety of wading birds, a few OFOs, and an occasional alligator.

3. Ascending Alan R. Oyler Overlook

3. Ascending Alan R. Oyler Overlook

Rachel, our driver took us to Alan R. Oyler Overlook at the north end of the wetlands, which was intended to be the spot for a terrific sunset. But with the sun being absent, we focused our attention on the otherwise overlooked scene on the overlook’s other side—the roosting hideout of the abundant  wading birds—mostly White Ibis who were flying in for the night.

4. The Roost

4. The Roost

A surprise treat, and a great view from the hilltop.

5. Looking Over the Overlook

5. Looking Over the Overlook

 

Jenise Osani  decided to use her cell phone for a photo of her family with the roosting birds in the background.

6. Family Portrait

6. Family Portrait

 

6. Descending

7. Descending

This trip was the brainstorm of Danielle Ponsolle-Heiberg, Orange Audubon’s Publicity Director, who planned and organized it.

8. Danielle Ponsolle-Heiberg - Trip Leader and my Boss

8. Danielle Ponsolle-Heiberg – Trip Leader, and My Boss

These photos were taken with a Canon 5D Mark II, with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. Because of the dark overcast and the late hour, most of the above exposures were at f/4, ISO 800 and up to 3200. The photo below was taken at f/4, 0.3 sec., and ISO 6400 on the bumpy road home. The only available light was from the truck lights and Christina Clingman’s cell phone.

9. The Bumpy Ride Home

9. The Bumpy Ride Home